“Some people like to call me cocky or arrogant, but I just think, how dare you assume I should think less of myself” – Ronda Rousey
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is my biggest girl crush and fitness inspiration right now. Not only did she just win best female athlete at this years ESPYs (beating my other fav athlete, skier Lindsey Vonn), she also won best fighter out of all the men and women, taking the opportunity to publicly burn boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for dissing her a year previous when he answered a question saying, ‘Ron DaRousey, never heard of him’. She said revenge is a dish vest served cold and she was just waiting patiently for her time to comment and man did her comments make an impact.
This girl is on fire. Undefeated as the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, as well as the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Her last fight she won in just 34 seconds, previous fights in just 14 and 16 seconds… WTF! She is a women of her word and passionate to her word. She promotes a positive female body image having suffered from bulimia as a teenager. Ferocious, unapologetic, passionate and strong in every sense of the word. Her training regime is intense, literally painful to watch. Although not an action sport athlete, mix martial arts requires incredible strength, an immense core and serious balance. Ronda Rousey’s training and work out regime is work taking a peak at. THERE IS NO WOMAN MORE INSPIRING THEN RONDA ROUSEY RIGHT NOW. #GirlCrush
“I have this one term, for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be, I call it a ‘Do Nothin’ Bitch’, or a ‘DNB‘. A chick that just tries to be pretty, and be taken care of by somebody else.
That’s why I think it’s hilarious if someone says my body looks masculine or something, I’m like; Listen, just because my body was developed for something other than f*cking millionaires, doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f*ck because there’s not a single muscle on body that isn’t for a purpose because I’m not a do nothin’ bitch.
It’s not very eloquently said but it’s to the point, and maybe that’s what I am, I’m not that eloquent but I’m to the point.”
Ronda Rousey training at high performance facility
Ronda Rousey serious ab workout
Ronda Rousey balance drills on the swiss ball
Ronda Rousey highlights and training
The following Ronda Rousey training and workout exercises were originally published in Oxygen Fitness. Check out their awesome article Train Like Ronda Rousey.
Stand on the dome of a BOSU ball with your feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand by your sides. Squat down, then extend your legs and raise your hands to shoulder level. Press the weights above your head, then lower your arms back to the start. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Tip: Leo Frincu, Ronda’s trainer and owner of Results Studio (leofrinchu.com), suggests that beginners do this move standing on the floor before progressing to this version. Once you’ve mastered the version shown here, turn the BOSU upside down and perform the move on its flat surface.
Medicine-Ball Plyo Push-Up
Start in a push-up position on the floor with a medicine ball positioned between your hands. Bend your arms to lower your body towards the floor. Forcefully extend your arms, allowing your palms to leave the ground, and land with both hands on top of the ball. Replace each hand to either side of the ball before repeating. Aim for eight to 10 reps in total.
Tip: Reduce the intensity by placing one hand on the floor, one on the ball, and performing regular push-ups, advises Frincu. (Five on each side is a great place to start.) For an intermediate variation, perform a push-up with one hand on the ball, then “walk” your hands to switch hand positions. Repeat, alternating sides.
Position your stomach on the top of a stability ball, place your hands on the floor and lift your feet. Keep your eyes on the floor and your shoulders level with the ground as you rotate your left hip towards the ceiling, then your right. (Don’t allow your feet to touch the ground throughout the entire set!) Repeat 10 to 15 times on each side.
Tip: According to Frincu, this exercise is a coordination exercise that helps fighters focus their eyes on their opponent while in the cage. If you’re a beginner, make your motions smaller, or keep one foot on the ground as you pivot.
Follow this chick because you are watching an all time sporting legend in the making. She is quite simply on another level. The positive body image she promotes to young girls and the unapologetic attitude she takes towards achieving her goals as is awe inspiring. Contemplating taking up boxing… ;-)